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2 Thessalonians

2 Thessalonians

The Thessalonians had received a forged letter from Paul declaring Christ’s advent was at hand.  Paul wrote his second epistle to the Thessalonians to correct this, and other, false teaching that were prevalent among the Thessalonians.

 

Overview of 2 Thessalonians

First Thessalonians was the first epistle that Paul wrote; it was followed one or two months later by Second Thessalonians (2nd Thessalonians, 2nd Thes., II Thes.). Both were written on Paul’s second missionary journey from Corinth about A.D 52. Silas and Timothy were with Paul in Corinth when Second Thessalonians was written. Paul wrote no epistles on his first missionary journey; First and Second Thessalonians are the only epistles he wrote on his second missionary journey.

For information about Thessalonica as well as (brief) information about Paul’s life and travels up to the time he arrived in Corinth please refer to the notes regarding First Thessalonians. Additional (more detailed) information can be found in the notes about the Book of Acts and Paul’s Life and Travels.

Apparently (2 Thes. 2:22 Thes. 2:2
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2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.  

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) the Thessalonians had received a forged letter purportedly written by Paul declaring the Day of the Lord (Second Coming) was at hand. Paul wrote Second Thessalonians to counter the false teachings they had received and to teach the correct doctrine related to the Second Coming. It is also likely the Thessalonians did not understand Paul’s first epistle to them and needed further instruction regarding the Second Coming. In writing Second Thessalonians Paul issued one of the most quoted prophesies found in the New Testatment saying:

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2 Thessalonians 2:32 Thessalonians 2:3
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;  

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After concluding his work in Corinth Paul returned to Antioch of Syria thus ending his second missionary journey. The next epistle he would write after Second Thessalonians is First Corinthians.

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